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"Diary of a Mad Diva" by Joan Rivers

'Diary of a Mad Diva' by Joan Rivers

Anais Nin, Anne Frank and Sylvia Plath wrote the world’s most famous diaries. And where are they today? Dead. But the world’s OTHER great diarist, Joan Rivers, is alive and kicking. And complaining. In the extraordinary tradition of The Habit of Being: Letters of Flannery O’Connor and George Orwell’s Diaries, comes an intimate and enriching glimpse into the mind of the most illuminating woman-of-letters of her ge ...

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"How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking" by Jordan Ellenberg

'How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking' by Jordan Ellenberg

The Freakonomics of math—a math-world superstar unveils the hidden beauty and logic of the world and puts its power in our hands The math we learn in school can seem like a dull set of rules, laid down by the ancients and not to be questioned. In How Not to Be Wrong, Jordan Ellenberg shows us how terribly limiting this view is: Math isn’t confined to abstract incidents that never occ ...

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"Alive!" by Reader's Digest

'Alive!' by Reader's Digest

★★★★ Have you ever wondered what it feels like to survive a tornado, flood or shark attack? ALIVE is a compilation of first-person articles previously published in the READER'S DIGEST magazine that describe such events. Twenty-two people share their memorable experiences with airplane crashes, cougar attacks, avalanches, firestorms and so on. It makes for gripping but not graphic reading. All the stories have an inspirational message. ...

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"Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings" by Michelle Knight

'Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed: A Memoir of the Cleveland Kidnappings' by Michelle Knight

Michelle was a young single mother when she was kidnapped by a local school bus driver named Ariel Castro. For more than a decade afterward, she endured unimaginable torture at the hand of her abductor. In 2003 Amanda Berry joined her in captivity, followed by Gina DeJesus in 2004. Their escape on May 6, 2013, made headlines around the world.    Barely out of her own tumultuous childhood, Michelle was estranged from her family and fight ...

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"Good Call: Reflections on Faith, Family, and Fowl" by Jase Robertson

'Good Call: Reflections on Faith, Family, and Fowl' by Jase Robertson

The closer we look at the Robertson family, the more we discover the substance and authenticity below the surface of these well-known TV characters. In this enlightening book, Jase Robertson gives us a deep look behind his funnyman exterior. In addition to stories of life in the Robertson family and epic tales of hunting of all kinds, readers will get an inside look at Jase’s personal faith in the Creator of the outdoors he so dearly lo ...

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"Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt" by Michael Lewis

'Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt' by Michael Lewis

Four years after his #1 bestseller The Big Short, Michael Lewis returns to Wall Street to report on a high-tech predator stalking the equity markets.Flash Boys is about a small group of Wall Street guys who figure out that the U.S. stock market has been rigged for the benefit of insiders and that, post–financial crisis, the markets have become not more free but less, and more controlled by the big Wall ...

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"The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects: 76 Useful Things You Can Build to Create Customized Working Spaces and Storage Facilities, Equip the Garden, Store the Harvest, House Your Animals, and Make Practical Outdoor Furniture" by Spike Carlsen

'The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects: 76 Useful Things You Can Build to Create Customized Working Spaces and Storage Facilities, Equip the Garden, Store the Harvest, House Your Animals, and Make Practical Outdoor Furniture' by Spike Carlsen

★★★★★ This book was great! It had a lot of useful tips and building projects that have been added to my must do list. It had a simple, easy-to-read layout and list of materials. The book also contains step-by-step directions with diagrams so the projects are clear and easy to follow. A great book for anyone interested in do-it-yourself projects, homesteading, or sustainable living no matter what your skill level. ...

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"Everybody's Got Something" by Robin Roberts

'Everybody's Got Something' by Robin Roberts

"Regardless of how much money you have, your race, where you live, what religion you follow, you are going through something. Or you already have or you will. As momma always said, "Everybody's got something." So begins beloved Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts's new memoir in which she recounts the incredible journey that's been her life so far, and the lessons she's learned along the way. With grace, heart, and humor, s ...

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"7 Years Younger The Anti-Aging Breakthrough Diet: Lose 20 Pounds" by Editors of Good Housekeeping

'7 Years Younger The Anti-Aging Breakthrough Diet: Lose 20 Pounds' by Editors of Good Housekeeping

Get slimmer and younger in just 7 short weeks! Banish the wrinkles and the fat with this delicious and - yes! - proven-to-work big time weight loss plan for men and women. It's built on the foods science shows deliver cutting-edge anti-aging benefits. Adopt this easy-to-follow 7-week plan and you'll have a leaner body as well as better cholesterol levels, lower blood pressure, and a healthier heart. Another big anti-aging ...

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"The Storytime Handbook: A Full Year of Themed Programs, with Crafts and Snacks" by Nina Schatzkamer Miller

'The Storytime Handbook: A Full Year of Themed Programs, with Crafts and Snacks' by Nina Schatzkamer Miller

Fresh, fun ideas for children's storytime fill this book. The author is a long-time storytime facilitator and has put together 52 weekly themes plus additional holidays, all with detailed instructions for talking about the theme and choosing the books, crafts, songs, poems, games and snacks. Each storytime idea is illustrated with photographs of the craft and snack for easy reference. Libraries, bookstores, preschools and parents alike can use th ...

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"Reset: How to Beat the Job-Loss Blues and Get Ready for Your Next Act" by Dwain Schenck

'Reset: How to Beat the Job-Loss Blues and Get Ready for Your Next Act' by Dwain Schenck

Welcome to the new world of job insecurity. Layoff. If you haven't experienced one, you know someone who has. Dwain Schenck speaks with authority; not only has he seen energetic, talented, and accomplished friends undergo the stress of job loss, but he, too, has felt the sting of being "let go."Reset is the uncompromising portrait of Schenck's journey: a successful journalist and comm ...

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"Jim Cramer's Get Rich Carefully" by James J. Cramer

'Jim Cramer's Get Rich Carefully' by James J. Cramer

Tired of phony promises about getting rich quickly, promises that lead to reckless decisions (the stepping stones to the poor house)? How about trying something different? How about going for lasting wealth—and doing it the cautious way? In Get Rich Carefully, Jim Cramer uses his thirty-five years of experience as a Wall Street veteran and host of CNBC’s Mad Money to create a guide to high-yield, low-risk investing. In our r ...

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"Super Shred: 4 Weeks 20 Pounds Lose It Fast!" by Ian K. Smith

'Super Shred: 4 Weeks 20 Pounds Lose It Fast!' by Ian K. Smith

The diet that works faster and forever!SUPER SHRED Using the same principles—meal spacing, snacking, meal replacement and diet confusion—that made his SHRED a major #1 bestseller—Dr. Ian has developed what dieters told him they needed: a quick-acting plan that is safe and easy to follow at home, at work, or on the road.SUPER SHREDIt’s a program with four week-long cycles:--Foundation, when you’ll eat four meals and t ...

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"The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener: How to Grow Food in Harmony with Nature" by Tammi Hartung

'The Wildlife-Friendly Vegetable Gardener: How to Grow Food in Harmony with Nature' by Tammi Hartung

This one-of-a-kind book shows you how to create a peaceful co-existence between your vegetable garden and the wildlife who consider it part of their habitat. By understanding and working with the surrounding environment instead of continually fighting it you ll reap a larger harvest with much less stress and effort. Tammi Hartungexplains how to start with a hardy and healthy garden, create beneficial relationships through smart planting, attract ...

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"Physicians' Desk Reference 2014" by Physicians Desk Reference

'Physicians' Desk Reference 2014' by Physicians Desk Reference

Physicians' Desk Reference has been the authoritative source on prescription drugs for 68 years. Found in virtually every physician's office, pharmacy, clinic, and library, no medical reference is more current, more recognized, or more respected. Now in its 68th edition, PDR contains full, FDA-approved drug label information, including warnings and precautions, drug interactions, and hundreds of full-color pill images. Every label in the ...

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"The Calorie Myth: How to Eat More and Exercise Less with the Smarter Science of Slim" by Jonathan Bailor

'The Calorie Myth: How to Eat More and Exercise Less with the Smarter Science of Slim' by Jonathan Bailor

Jonathan Bailor's The Calorie Myth is a revolutionary diet book that explains how cutting-edge science supports a radically different approach to weight loss, offering evidence that calories do not matter.Bailor shows that the key to long-term weight-loss is not the number of calories consumed but rather what kinds of calories. Some foods are used to repair tissue, boost brain power, and fuel our metabolism--while others are stored as fat ...

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"Beat Depression Fast: 10 Steps to a Happier You Using Positive Psychology" by Alexandra Massey

'Beat Depression Fast: 10 Steps to a Happier You Using Positive Psychology' by Alexandra Massey

In her latest book, depression counselor, Alexandra Massey, distils years of hard-won strategies for treating depression. She provides an easy-to-follow ten-step program that will help you beat it quickly and without pharmaceuticals.  Massey, who has suffered from depression most of her life, refused to take prescription drugs when her symptoms became debilitating. “I was very clear about the root cause of the depression,” she says. “It wa ...

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"My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind" by Scott Stossel

'My Age of Anxiety: Fear, Hope, Dread, and the Search for Peace of Mind' by Scott Stossel

A riveting, revelatory, and moving account of the author’s struggles with anxiety, and of the history of efforts by scientists, philosophers, and writers to understand the condition   As recently as thirty-five years ago, anxiety did not exist as a diagnostic category. Today, it is the most common form of officially classified mental illness. Scott Stossel gracefully guides us across the terrain of an affliction that i ...

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"American Heart Association The Go Red For Women Cookbook: Cook Your Way to a Heart-Healthy Weight and Good Nutrition" by American Heart Association

'American Heart Association The Go Red For Women Cookbook: Cook Your Way to a Heart-Healthy Weight and Good Nutrition' by American Heart Association

A HEALTH COOKBOOK FOR WOMEN BY WOMENThe American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women social initiative has inspired hundreds of thousands of women to eat nutritiously, exercise regularly, and maintain a healthy weight. Now the iconic "red dress" can be your kitchen companion all year long, with 200 recipes to help you take charge of your health.  By cooking wholesome meals at home, you ca ...

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"Financially Fearless: The LearnVest Program for Taking Control of Your Money" by Alexa Von Tobel

'Financially Fearless: The LearnVest Program for Taking Control of Your Money' by Alexa Von Tobel

Finally, a financial plan that lets you be YOU, only richer. It’s time to throw away all your old notions of what financial advice should look like. Because if you’re looking for a book to put you on an austerity savings plan that has you giving up vacations and lattes, you’re out of luck.  But if you’re looking to get your finances in rock-hard shape  - in less time than it takes to finish a workout – then Alexa von ...

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"Essential Digital Interview Handbook: Lights, Camera, Skype" by Paul J Bailo

'Essential Digital Interview Handbook: Lights, Camera, Skype' by Paul J Bailo

"Digital communication is here to stay, and "The Essential Digital Interview Handbook" teaches you how to master it." --Anita Bruzzese, syndicated columnist, USA Today "Packed with practical tips to help you get ready for your close-up, this book is an essential tool for any job hunter who wants to ace digital-media interviews and stand out from the crowd."--Anne Fisher, "Ask Annie" career and workplace advice columnist, CNNmoney.com ...

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"Eerie America: Travel Guide of the Macabre" by Eric R Vernor

'Eerie America: Travel Guide of the Macabre' by Eric R Vernor

America is the land of the beautiful, but it is also a land of mystery and many haunted and bizarre places. With 150 images, addresses, and directions, go state-by-state to tour the macabre side of the United States. Journey to haunted old battleships, abandoned prisons, creepy lunatic asylums, the Amityville Horror House, the Winchester House, museums such as Edgar Allan Poe's home, New Orleans Voodoo Museum, the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast, ...

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"Organize & Create Discipline: An A-to-Z Guide to an Organized Existence" by Justin Klosky

'Organize & Create Discipline: An A-to-Z Guide to an Organized Existence' by Justin Klosky

A professional organizer’s complete guide to getting—and staying—organized.   As a child, Justin Klosky loved to count, analyze, and categorize everything in sight. Eventually diagnosed with OCD, he found ways to tap the benefits of his condition. Today, he’s founded a successful firm, O.C.D. Experience, building on the principals of Organize, Create, Discipline to help high-end clients take control of their liv ...

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"Brainstorm: The Teenage Brain from the Inside Out" by Daniel J. Siegel

'Brainstorm: The Teenage Brain from the Inside Out' by Daniel J. Siegel

Between the ages of fifteen and twenty-five, the brain changes in important, and oftentimes maddening, ways. It’s no wonder that many parents approach their child’s adolescence with fear and trepidation. According to renowned neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel, however, if parents and teens can work together to form a deeper understanding of the brain science behind all the tumult, they will be able to turn conflict into connection and form a de ...

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